An original online event showcasing & supporting new work and talent emerging from game design programs


Horizons Conference: Friday, February 17th, 2023
Horizons Game Jam: February 2023
Horizons Playtesting: March & April 2023
Horizons Showcase & Faculty Awards: June 4th, 2023

The Future of Game Design

Horizons connects diverse and highly qualified students with one another, industry representatives, and to a worldwide community. These future industry leaders are the pipeline to change, diversity, and to the future for the industry. Through our first-of-its-kind conference and showcase, Horizons amplifies new student work and emerging talent from games programs to industry, one another, and the broader public.

Horizons 2023 will build upon the tremendous successes of its pilot programs, expanding opportunities for institutions to represent their programs and for students and faculty to connect from across the world, exploring the most important current topics, interacting with leading industry, building a robust community network, and celebrating top student and faculty work. 

Explore some of the talk overviews, participating institutions, and games from 2022 to get a sense of this important and vibrant program. 

We look forward to having you join us, enroll today!

In 2022, more than 30 institutions from around-the-world participated!

HORIZONS FACULTY OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Chris Totten is an Assistant Professor of Game Design at Kent State University and the founder of Pie For Breakfast Studios. With a background as an artist, animator, designer, and project manager, the goal of Chris’s work is to build a wider appreciation of games in the context of other arts. Through multiple books, articles, games, and curated events, Chris has been an innovative force in the field by bringing game making, curation, and publications into a symbiotic relationship, breaking down barriers between traditionally disparate fields. 

Sharon Tolani-Sage is an inspirational educator, researcher, and coordinator for the Women in Games Educational Ambassador Programme which works to support institutions and educators in championing diversity and increasing the numbers of women and girls engaging with their curriculum. She has inspired countless women through her work as a lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts. Through her service, she has made the games industry a better place, for those in it and those about to join it.

Redelia is a Professor of Communications & Media Studies at Santa Monica College and the Founder and CEO of Life Media Projects, a nonprofit dedicated to producing, promoting, and inspiring meaningful storytelling for and about marginalized communities. Redelia has been teaching at Santa Monica for over a decade and is widely recognized as an outstanding teacher and educator on campus. Redelia secured several grants and stipends to create Santa Monica College’s Esports Production Team and support their student esports team team. She has been a longstanding shepard and provider of work-based learning opportunities for her students.

Colleen Macklin is a game designer and Associate Professor in the school of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design. In 2006 she founded and co-directs PETLab (Prototyping Education and Technology Lab), a lab that develops games for experimental learning and social engagement. She was inducted as an inaugural HEVGA Fellow in 2017, recognizing her as an important scholar that has helped shape the field since its infancy. They are a member of the game design collective Local No. 12, makers of many award winning games including, The Metagame (2015) and Dear Reader (2019). She co-authored with John Sharp Games, Design and Play: A detailed look at iterative game design (2016) and Iterate: Ten Lessons in Design and Failure (2019).

Play and explore a sampling of student games from some of our participating institutions.

2022 PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS

Premium

American University
Bradley University
Falmouth University
Miami University
UC Santa Cruz
UC Irvine
University of Canterbury
University of Miami
University of Southern California

Plus

DePaul University
The University of Tulsa
George Mason University
Sheridan College
Kent State University
NYU Game Center

Partner

Western University
Art Center College of Design
Columbus College of Art and Design

Basic 

Emmanuel College

Horizons is possible in part from support from the Knight Foundation


Horizons is a partnership of HEVGA and IndieCade

The Higher Education Video Game Alliance is the leading academic association advocating for the critical role video game programs play in higher education, industry, and government. Our mission is to create a platform for higher education leaders which will underscore the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities.

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